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States are seceding from the Union...



Item # 578157

January 8, 1861

THE WILMINGTON DAILY HERALD, North Carolina, January 8, 1861 

* Rare title from the Confederacy
* States seceding from the Union
* War on the horizon


Wilmington was a major Atlantic Ocean port city for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and was one of the last ports to fall to Union forces in 1865. It ranked equal in size to Atlanta according to the 1860 census, and was a major point of entry for supplies for the entire Confederacy, exporting cotton & tobacco in exchange for munitions, clothing & food. As such it was barricaded by Union forces during the war, but blockade runners had some success in getting supplies through. It is just 170 miles north of Charleston, where the Civil War began.

Neighboring South Carolina was the first state to leave the union in December, 1860, and although North Carolina did not officially secede until after the bombing of Fort Sumter its political sympathies were strongly with the South ever since talk of secession began.
This issue has much reporting on events leading to the Civil War.

Page 2 items include: "How a Party of Abolitionists Were Outwitted by an Honest Old Darkey", "How Fort Sumter is to Be Taken", "Alabama Convention--Preamble & Resolution Passed" with the actual text of its secession document, which would formally be adopted on January 11; "Horrible Murder--A Gentleman Butchered by Five of his Own Slaves--Confession of the Wretches"; a brief item under "Florida" dated January 8th which reads: "The ordinance of secession was adopted." (history says it was January 10); "Troops for Charleston"; a "Mississippi" item notes: "'The Convention organized to-day. A committee of fifteen were instructed to prepare a special ordinance of immediate secession." (happened January 9).

Another "Alabama" report of January 8th notes: "The Montgomery Convention organized to-day a Resolution has been adopted in the Alabama Convention not to submit to the administration of Lincoln, upon a Republican construction of the Constitution." Also: "Troops for Charleston".

The front page is mostly taken up with ads but does have: "Inaugural Address of Governor Jackson of Missouri" and "Occupation of Fort Pulaski". Pages 3 & 4 are entirely taken up with ads.

Complete in 4 pages, a small piece missing from a lower corner of the front leaf not affecting any mentioned items, but otherwise in nice condition.

Category: Confederate

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